Believe it or not, Rihanna just notched her 13th chart-topper. With her collaboration with Eminem on “The Monster,” the Bajan singer now ties Michael Jackson on the all-time list. Insane, right? Personally, singing just the hook on predominantly rap songs seems like cheating, but if it’s okay with Billboard, it’s fine with me. Even if you take away her rap collabos, she still has ten chart-toppers which is still quite impressive given her age.
Prior to placing third with MJ on the all-time list, she previously was in a three-way tie with Madonna and the Supremes for the fourth-most. Holding the record for most No. 1′s in Billboard’s 54-year history are The Beatles with 20 chart leaders. Mariah Carey with 18 is in the runner-up slot.
While Rihanna doesn’t sell as many albums as a few of her compatriots, there is no denying she’s a hit-making machine. Rihanna is definitely the poster child of today’s music landscape. With digital downloads making singles both affordable and easy to purchase, it’s all about singles these days and not so much about the album. All you need is a couple of hit singles and fill up the rest of the album with filler.
Very few artists these days carefully put out well-thought albums with great concepts and attention to the fluidity from track to track. Enough of me sounding like an old man reminiscing about the good old days, let’s check out all of Rihanna’s chart toppers. Be sure to scroll all the way to the end of the post to see my ranking of all her hits.
Despite all the headlines and chart success, Miley Cyrus received no Grammy nominations. I guess all her antics scared off Academy voters. Here’s a small consolation prize for being snubbed.
VEVO recently released their annual list ranking the ten most played music videos of the year. In no shocker, Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” topped the list. After all, the clip generated 19.3 million views on its first day of release and was the fastest to be certified in VEVO’s history by reaching 100 million views within just six days. As of December 1, the much-spoofed clip stood tall with over 371 million views worldwide. Last year’s winner, “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen notched 357 million clicks in 2012.
The most interesting part of the list is how a couple of leftovers from last year made the list. Both Rihanna’s “Diamonds” and will.i.am’s collabo with Britney landed in the Top 10. On the flip side, Katy Perry breaking the Top 5 is equally as impressive, given that “Roar” only premiered just in August. Check out below what other clips were extremely popular in 2013.
The 41th annual American Music Awards took place at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre Live on Sunday night with Mr. Worldwide aka Pitbull hosting. Random choice, right?
Heading into the evening, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis had the most nominations with six. Even though they nabbed two AMAs, Taylor Swift was the big winner of the night. The 23-year-old singer won four awards – Artist of the Year, Favorite Country Female Artist, Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist, and Favorite Country Album for Red. It was her third time winning the year’s top prize!
The top male dog was Justin Timberlake who walked away with three statues. Other multiple winners were One Direction and Rihanna. The AMAs bestowed the latter with their first ever Icon Award which was presented to her by her mom. Adorable.
With regards to performances, Lady Gaga in my opinion stole the show alongside R. Kelly with their sexually-charged tribute to JFK and Marilyn Monroe. Other memorable highlights include Katy Perry’s Japanese-themed “Conditionally” number, DWTS’ Maks Chmerkovskiy tossing around J. Lo during her Celia Cruz homage, Miley Cyrus being accompanied by a giant kitty and Christina Aguilera’s beautiful duet with A Great Big World.
On the flip side, I was underwhelmed with both Ariana Grande and TLC. The former was fantastic vocally but a tad boring, while the latter served practically zero energy during their “Waterfalls” performance with Lil Mama subbing in for the late Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes. Check out all the performances and winners below.
Rihanna wasn’t kidding when she teased her “What Now” music video was going to be eerie and a tad demented. The visual could easily pass for one of those Conjuring, The Ring or any possession horror flicks. It’s simplistic in its execution but glamorously well done. RiRi looks great and makes me like the track more. Definitely check it out below.
Like clockwork since 2009, Rihanna has released a brand new album every year in time for the holiday season. After finally scoring her first Billboard Top 200 No. 1 album with Unapologetic, she’s taking this November off. Instead, she’s stretching out her last album as much as possible. RiRi is dropping another music video off the LP this Friday.
Before debuting the visual for “What Now,” she shares a behind-the-scenes clip. She filmed her latest during one of her stops on her Diamonds world tour at some random Thai warehouse. She reveals her upcoming vid will be eerie and slightly demented. Interesting. Check out a preview below.
Taking a page out of Britney’s playbook. Rihanna shows she’s also a lover of snakes. The 25-year-old entertainer serves major Medusa realness on the cover of British GQ. The publication enlisted photographer Damien Hirst to capture Rihanna for their 25th anniversary issue.
“Damien Hirst is one of the world’s most highly acclaimed living artists. Rihanna is one of the world’s most successful pop icons. To celebrate GQ’s 25th anniversary, these two creative firebrands embarked on an art project the like of which has never been seen before.” – British GQ
I can’t wait to see what else they have in store for us. Based on another preview pic below, more snakes and more nudity are a safe bet. Pretty much what you’d expect from the “Stay” singer. Check it out below.
If you follow Rihanna on Instagram, you’re fully aware she loves her impromptu photoshoots. A recent one, though, has gotten herself in hot water.
During a concert stop in the Middle East, RiRi found some time for a little sightseeing. Dressed in traditional Muslim garb, she visited a mosque in Abu Dhabi. Gotta give the girl credit for at least wearing a hijab. Typically, the “Pour It Up” singer wears practically nothing. But even with her attempt to adhere to local customs, Rihanna still managed to get herself kicked out of the sacred institution for violating its sanctity.
“The Centre strives to ensure that visitors enter the mosque in a decent fashion, and refrain from behaving in any way that is inconsistent with the sanctity of this religious place,” reads the statement.
Check out several photos below which Rihanna posted to her Instagram before receiving the boot. She even jokingly captioned one photo featuring unidentified women, “B*tch stole my look.” Oh, RiRi ;)
Apologies for the delay in this post. I’m currently on vacay with Brian’s family and just caught this video today. And boy is it provocative.
Miley Cyrus brought twerking to the masses, but Rihanna is showing the world how it should be done. The 25-year-old singer channels her inner ratchet hood rat and booty shakes her little heart out in “Pour It Up.”
For those who think RiRi is simply jumping on the Miley bandwagon, you’re half right. She filmed her latest video back in May before twerking became a national sensation. It only premiered now after finally getting approval from the label. No doubt to capitalize on the booty shaking phenomenon.
Wearing nothing but a diamond-encrusted bra with barely-there shorts, the Bajan native twerks on anything in sight. From her throne, to a stripper pole, to a pool of water, nothing is off limits from Rihanna’s shapely butt. Watch her along with a few extras making it rain in the clip. Get those dollar bills out, but make sure they’re Benjamins. I’m sure RiRi won’t except anything else.